Last week (January 28-February 3), Australia experienced the most destructive tropical cyclone since cyclone Tracy in 1974, which killed 71. This storm brought to the northeast coast of Australia sustained winds of 155 miles per hour and gusts of nearly 190 mph in addition to heavy rainfall in areas nearly reaching twelve inches. Estimated costs of this storm are approximately 3.5billion. Damages to the Great Barrier Reef off the northern coast cannot yet be observed, but may be widespread and long lasting. The image below shows the track of the storm and intensity as it nears the coast, as well as precipitation. Higher values of rain are in dark blue.